What to do if a Loved One is Fatally Injured in a Car Crash
The loss of a loved one can be an overwhelming time, and it is important to take care of yourself. Let others provide assistance as you go through the process of grief and loss. Let your friends and family be there for you, and seek professional help if you need it.
Chances are you will be dealing with police, coroners, solicitors, and ultimately making funeral arrangements as well. If you are having trouble coping or need to speak to a counsellor, we recommend calling Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36.
Compensation when a Loved One is Fatally Injured
• Medical Expenses
• Loss of Earnings
• Non-Economic loss (Pain and Suffering)
If you have a loved one who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident and this has occurred completely or partly due to the fault of another party, you may be able to claim for:
• Funeral costs
• Loss of financial support from the loved one
• Loss of domestic support from the loved one
It is possible to claim even if the relative involved in the fatal accident was partly at fault. If you have suffered a psychological condition due to the loss of your loved one you may also be able to claim compensation in your own right including:
Who brings the Claim?
Only one claim can be brought on behalf of all the deceased’s dependants. This is usually brought by the next of kin, although there are different categories and rules regarding who can bring the claim. If in doubt, we can assist you with this. A claim for a psychological condition such as PTSD would be brought by you in your own right.
Although this process may seem daunting, it will assist you and any other dependants obtain the financial security you need after the loss of your loved one.
Getting Legal Advice
We cannot stress enough the importance of seeking legal advice if your loved one has been involved in a fatal accident. The cost of funerals combined with other payments can become overwhelming, so we want to be there for you to lend a helping hand and to guide you in understanding some of the complexities involved in the legal, post-accident process.
Once again, we want to extend our sympathy to you. If you want to seek compensation after a loved one has been fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident, please call us to speak with a friendly, caring expert who can help facilitate the claims process for you.